How to Organize a Pantry

Make your kitchen appear professional-level organized by using these pantry organization techniques.

It takes a lot of effort to organize the pantry. To sort through the accumulated cans, cereal boxes, snack pouches and other baking supplies, you’ll need patience and a keen eye. After everything is arranged, maintaining a clean pantry requires the collaboration of the entire family. With a bit of effort and planning, you can create an organized, functional and attractive pantry that can help you make the most of your kitchen space. Whether you’re looking to clear out clutter, maximize storage, or simply create a beautiful space, a well-organized pantry is a great place to start. Here are 8 ways to keep your pantry organized. 

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Divide into Zones

Organizing your pantry into zones can be a great way to maximize space and quickly find what you need. To start, separate your pantry into sections such as snacks, canned goods, cereals, pastas and baking supplies. From there, you can create different zones within each section. For example, you can designate a specific shelf for snacks, one for canned goods, one for cereals, and so on. By creating zones, you can easily find items and put them back in their designated area. Additionally, you can add labels to the shelves to further organize your pantry. This way, you’ll never have to guess where an item belongs, and you’ll always know where to look for it. For more zone examples, here are a few:

  • Impromptu entertaining
  • Baking supplies
  • Easy weeknight meals
  • General food storage
  • Lunch on the run
  • Quick breakfasts
  • Tools and appliances
  • Snacks
  • Oils, sauces and seasonings


To get started, categorize all of your food items. Grouping like items such as canned goods, condiments, snacks, etc. can help you see what you have and make it easier to find what you need. Be sure to label all of the items if possible and use organizational containers, such as baskets or bins, to store them in. This will not only help you keep your pantry neat and organized, but will also make it easier to spot when items are running low.

Take Inventory

 Taking an inventory of what you have in your pantry is the first step in organizing it. Start by sorting through all of your items and making a list of what you have, including the quantity and expiration dates of items. Once you have a better understanding of what you have, you can start to organize everything. Group items that go together, such as canned goods and baking supplies. Place items you use most often closer to the front of the pantry and items used less often in the back. Label shelves and drawers to help you easily find what you need, and add baskets and bins for additional storage. Taking the time to organize your pantry by taking inventory of all of your items will make future cooking and meal prep much easier and more efficient.

Use Clear Containers

Clear containers make it easier to see what you have and make it easier to find the ingredients you need when you’re cooking. You can also save money by grouping your items in clear containers. For example, if you have a lot of spices, store them together in a clear container so you can see what you have and quickly grab the one you need. Clear containers also make it easier to keep your pantry clean and organized since you can easily tell when something is out of place or if you need to restock something. Clear containers also make it much easier to find items when you’re in a hurry. So if you’re looking to simplify your life and maximize your organization, clear containers are the way to go when it comes to organizing your pantry.


Labeling your pantry can help you find items quickly and reduce clutter. Start by removing everything from your pantry and sorting items into categories such as canned goods, snacks, baking supplies, etc. Once you have your categories sorted, you can begin to label each shelf or bin. Use a permanent marker or chalk marker to label each shelf. This way, you can easily determine where each item should go and find what you’re looking for quickly. Labeling your pantry can help you stay organized and make meal planning much easier.

Utilize the Door

Organizing your pantry is a great way to save time and make your kitchen more efficient. One of the best ways to do this is by utilizing the door of your pantry. Instead of having items stored in boxes and bins all over the shelves, use the door to hang items like brooms, mops and other cleaning supplies. This will free up more shelf space and make it easier to find what you need. You can also use the door to hang organizing baskets for items like snacks, spices and other kitchen essentials. With the door of your pantry being utilized, you’ll be able to easily find what you need when you need it and make the most of your kitchen space.

Make a Kid-Friendly Spot

Creating a kid-friendly spot in your pantry can be a great way to get your kids involved in organizing the pantry. Invite them to help you go through the items in the pantry, and decide which items are age-appropriate for them. Put those items in a designated area that is easy for them to access. This can include snacks, drinks and even baking ingredients like sprinkles, cookie cutters and colorful cupcake liners. Make sure to label the kid-friendly area with their names, so that there’s no confusion about whose items are whose. This will make it easier for them to find what they need, and help to keep the pantry organized. Plus, it’s a great way to teach your kids about the importance of organizing and taking ownership of their space.

Add Shelf Liners

Shelf liners can help keep your pantry neat by preventing items from sliding around and keeping the shelves clean. They also provide a non-slip surface that can hold items in place, as well as create a barrier between food items and the shelves, helping to prevent spills from spreading. Additionally, shelf liners can also reduce noise from moving containers, making it easier to find what you’re looking for. Shelf liners are easy to install and come in a variety of colors, materials and patterns, so you can find the perfect one to fit your style. With shelf liners, you’ll be able to keep your pantry organized and make finding items a breeze!

By following these eight steps, you can create an organized pantry that your family will love. Want an updated pantry? Valor Home Services is the perfect choice for creating a customized pantry for your kitchen. From designing the perfect pantry layout to helping you select the right materials and finishes, our expert team can help you create the perfect pantry to fit your needs and style. With a wide range of options and professional installation services, Valor Home Services can provide you with the perfect pantry to help you organize and store your kitchen items. Let us help you create a pantry that is both attractive and functional by calling our team today.